On September 30, defence minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned INS Kochi to the Indian Navy at Naval dockyard, Mumbai. The ship is the second of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers. The contract for three ships of Kolkata class was signed as follow-on to the Delhi class destroyers, which were commissioned into the Indian Navy more than a decade ago.
Designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate General of Naval Design (DGND), and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ltd, the ship is named after the port city of Kochi. Although conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, this ship claims to be vastly superior and has major advancements in weapons and sensors. INS Kochi incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping, and manoeuvrability. ... read more